If you can only pick up one more piece of pre-recorded music this year, Oz Noy Twisted Blues Vol. 2 is the perfect storm!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
The blues has seen better days with the exception of Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa there are simply no major draws for the genre. Twisted Blues Vol. 2 may be that break out release Noy needs to gain the global recognition that is so deserving. A "blues man" he is not, Oz Noy is a lyrical visionary that can take a blues foundation and go funk, rock, and even hit a fusion jazz flavor without ever creating a disconnect for the listener.
Twisted Blues Vol. 2 finds Noy getting by with a little help from some unlikely friends including Chick Corea and John Medeski. "Rhumba Tumba" is a subtle yet sophisticated blues with a rhumba back beat and the soulful keyboards of Chick Corea show a different side to this harmonic chameleon while Noy crushes this syncopated blues nasty with ease. Guitar god Eric Johnson turns in a stellar performance on "Ej's Blues" but it may be Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Hayes that steals the six string thunder with his foot to the floor contribution on "Blue Ball Blues."
Other notable appearances are made by Allen Toussaint, Gregroire Maret, Roscoe Beck, Will Lee, Chris Layton, Dave Weckl and Keith Carlock. This is not a straight ahead blues release in the strictest sense of the word. Most improvisational musicians will tell you everything starts with the blues, Oz Noy simply makes funky and that is as straight ahead as you can get!
Tracks: You Dig (Greg Leisz); Rhumba Tumba (Chick Corea); Let Your Love Come Down (Gregroire Maret); Come Dance With Me; Ej's Blues (Eric Johnson); Get Down; Blue Ball Blues; Just Groove Me (Dave Weckl); Slow Grease (Allen Toussaint); Freedom Jazz Dance (John Medeski).